Sunday, March 16, 2014

Between the Lions Online Stories

One of my go to free resources for the kindergarten students that come into the library in the morning before the school day begins is virtual books projected on the Promethean Board.  I use several sites, but the one I want to talk about today is Between the Lions website via PBSKids.  These virtual books range between being actual animated stories to a well-done presentation of the illustrations from books.  They are as long as 40 seconds to about 6 minutes.  The nice thing is that once you hit "play" for one video in a category, it will end up playing the rest of the videos that come after it in the category. 

The site has the stories divided by 11 subjects, such as Folktales and Fables or Animals.  The students enjoy viewing the books because a lot of them are recognizable stories, such as The Three Little Pigs, Violet's Music by Angela Johnson, and Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka. Funny enough, I'm constantly playing King Midas for them because it's characters are marionettes and they think it looks silly (and so is this version of the story). 

Did I mention this is available for free? ;-)


Image from Between the Lions webpage/pbskids.org

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